Sustainability Leaders Project on Tour

While most of our interviews with tourism sustainability professionals are via email, from time to time we get the chance to meet in person and to experience our interviewees ‘in action’.

The Sustainability Leaders Project on Tour brings you stories and examples of sustainability leadership at a grassroots level, with insights into the day to day issues and challenges, but also rewards of running a tourism business sustainably.

Below some of our favorite stories of tourism practitioners, businesses and destinations visited so far. If you represent a business or destination committed to sustainability and would like us to visit, please get in touch.


Pilot Peter Gash, Lady Elliot IslandPeter Gash, Lady Elliot Island Resort, Australia

Few sustainable tourism leadership stories are as inspiring as the one of Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort in Queensland, Australia. Proof of how much is possible if one man has a vision and follows it through. Peter Gash is the person “in charge” at the tiny island located at the southernmost end of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Read his story.


Estrela Matilde at Bom Bom Island, PrincipeEstrela Matilde, Príncipe Island, Africa

When visiting a destination, what most intrigues us are the stories of its entrepreneurs and, since our focus is on sustainability leadership, those shakers and doers who make things happen: who put policy and words into practice. On Príncipe Island, West Africa’s UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Estrela Matilde is one of those persons. Learn more about her life on Príncipe and her professional experiences in this interview.


Ignasi Uño CEO TwentyTu Hi-tech Hostel BarcelonaIgnasi Uñó, Twentytú Hostel, Barcelona

When we talk about sustainable destinations, we believe that it is important to offer the vision of both the public and private sector. Ignasi Uñó Pérez, CEO and Co-founder of Twentytú Hi-tech Hostel in Barcelona, in his interview tells us about the challenges, risks and opportunities of operating a sustainability-focused budget accommodation in the Catalan capital. Find out more here.


Janine of Echidna Walkabout Wildlife Tours MelbourneJanine Duffy, Walkabout Wildlife Tours, Australia

Echidna Walkabout Wildlife Tours in Melbourne, Australia, were among the first tourism businesses which we visited for the Sustainability Leaders Project. In her interview, co-founder and marketing director Janine Duffy tells us how building and operating this award-winning wildlife experience has changed her life and business, the lessons she has learned, and why social businesses are the future. Here’s her story.


Sydney Harbour YHA manager Ross Lardner

Ross Lardner, Sydney Harbour YHA, Australia

Just like behind (almost) every successful leader stands a strong partner or spouse, path-breaking sustainability projects require the dedication of visionary individuals to make them happen. Sydney Harbour YHA is a shining example for how much is possible when only there is a will. Meet Ross Lardner, manager of this modern, popular backpackers right in the historic center of Sydney. Read his interview to find out what Ross had to say about sustainability and eco-friendly hostelling.


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